On Monday 12 July, the Prime Minister confirmed that plans to enter stage 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown will go ahead on Monday 19 July. This is due to the four tests, as laid out earlier this year, being adequately met:
- Success of the vaccination rollout
- Evidence vaccinations are reducing hospitalisations and deaths
- Infection rates not risking unsustainable pressure on the NHS
- Risks not fundamentally changed by new variants
What will change on Monday 19 July?
- Social distancing:No limits on how many people can meet; 1m-plus rule removed; Face coverings no longer required by law
- Events and gatherings: Nightclubs can open; Pubs and restaurants no longer table service only; No limits on guests at weddings and funerals; No limits on people attending concerts, theatres or sports events; No restrictions on communal worship
- Travel: Guidance recommending against travel to amber countries will be removed; Full vaccinated UK adults will no longer have to quarantine for 10 days after returning from amber list countries; Under-18s won’t need to quarantine
What guidance will remain in place?
- People should meet others outside where possible
- It is recommended that people should wear face coverings (unless exempt) in crowded public settings such as public transport
- Businesses such as nightclubs and large events will be encouraged to use Covid-certification in high-risk settings.
- People working from home will be encouraged to return to the workplace gradually.
And a review will take place in September to assess how prepared the country is for autumn and winter.